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American Academy

New Families

Welcome to American Academy!  We are thrilled to welcome your family to our school.  The items below are especially helpful to our new families.  We also recommend perusing our K-8 Parent Handbook for a look inside American Academy's partnership with your family. 
 
Please email registrar@aak8.org if you have questions regarding the information below.
Uniforms
 
Detailed information can be found at About the Student Uniform regarding our uniform vendor, policy, annual resale event, and much more.  
School Supplies
 
School Supplies can be purchased through School Tool Box or, if parents prefer to do their own shopping, a supply list will be published in late spring/early summer for download.  
Calendars
 
School Year Calendars for the current and future school year can be found here.
Carpool
 
American Academy's Carpool process, a map for each campus, and more information is detailed here on our website.
Summer Assignments
 
Summer Assignments in Reading (grades K-8) and History (grades 6-8) are outlined by grade and campus.  Updates for the upcoming school year are posted in late spring/early summer.  
Expectations of Family Support
 
Student Support and Homework Expectations
American Academy's curriculum demands commitment and dedication in the classroom and at home to ensure academic achievement and success.  For elementary students, that means reading with your child every night and helping them to learn to be responsible to complete their homework on time.  For middle school students, that means supporting their special projects.  For all students, it is critical to provide an environment at home that is conducive to homework time (i.e. not having activities scheduled every night, etc.).
 
Below is a chart detailing general nightly homework expectations.  Homework averages are estimates and may vary based on Science/History units and on individual students' developmental and academic abilities.  Time spent at home can vary widely from student to student and is dependent on how efficiently the student is able to use class time and study hall.
 
Grade Level Average Homework Time General Expectations
K 30 minutes Nightly reading and math
1 40 minutes Nightly reading and math, weekly spelling
2-5 50-60 minutes Nightly reading and math, weekly spelling and writing, some science or history, test prep
6-8 1-2 hours English: 30 min; History: 30 min; Math: 30-60 min; Science: up to 30 min; STEM: as required
 
Academic Grading Scale
American Academy provides a challenging environment for students.  Because they are being challenged, your students are not likely to receive straight A's much of the time.  It is important to adjust your expectations accordingly and to support and encourage your students at home.
 
Grade Percentage Grade Percentage Grade Percentage
A+ 99-100 B 84-89 C- 72-73
A 94-98 B- 82-83 D+ 70-71
A- 92-93 C+ 80-81 D 65-69
B+ 90-91 C 74-79 F Below 65
 
Volunteering
American Academy believes family volunteerism is a key component to the education of our students as it allows the school administrators, faculty, staff, and Board of Directors to focus on our number one priority: student achievement.  Volunteerism comes in many forms, from something as simple as picking up litter to participating in a carpool route to organizing a fundraising event.  Therefore, each family is expected to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours per family per academic year.  
 
Annual Student Testing
The regular testing of American Academy students throughout the school year is a critical component of our academic success as it helps us measure progress and drive instruction with the most current and relevant information about how each student is learning. 
 
Policies
All American Academy School Policies are available to read online.  Please read the policies prior to All-School Registration in August.  
 

New and Returning Families Express Check-In and All-School Registration

 

DCSD Express Check-In and American Academy All-School Registration must both be completed every year in order to hold your student’s spot at American Academy. 

 

Detailed information regarding these processes will be emailed and sent in AA Newsletters in late spring/early summer.  Please keep an eye out for these yearly reminders. 

 

All deadlines (both online and in-person/on-site) must be met; failure to meet deadlines may result in your child being unenrolled and an offer extended to another child on our waitlist.  In the event your child is unenrolled, you will be required to add your family back to the waitlist for future openings.

The highlighted links above, as well as many more, can be found on the Parent QuickLinks portion of our website.  These links will become helpful tools throughout your child's education at American Academy!